A Deep Dive behind the Scenes of the #Barpocalypse Bar Exam Resolution

Anthony Ciolli and Christopher Jennison
10G urged for the extension of the provisions of the CARES Act providing for administrative forbearance of student loans due to the COVID-19 crisis.

10G urged for the extension of the provisions of the CARES Act providing for administrative forbearance of student loans due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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On August 4, 2020, the American Bar Association’s (ABA) House of Delegates adopted Resolution 10G, by a 256-146 vote, during its first-ever virtual meeting.  As both “floor managers” and principal drafters, we devoted much of the past two weeks days of our lives to drafting, editing, strategizing, and—of course—lobbying for support among our House colleagues. 

There was much discussion about the resolution on social media and elsewhere, from #diplomaprivilege advocates to academic leaders like Professor Dan RodriguezProvost Patty Salkin, and Professor Debbie Merritt. But, now that the House has adopted Resolution 10G and opposition to in-person bar exams during the pandemic is now official ABA Policy, we would like to take this opportunity to provide some background on how this resolution came about, answer some common questions, and correct some misconceptions—and help YOU advocate for the next ABA policy.

 

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